1920 WAR DEPT SAYS NO TO AID CAPE HENLOPEN LIGHTHOUSE
July 15, 1920: Wilmington Morning News reports that Delaware Representative, Dr. Layton's request for assistance, receive bad news from the War Department which told Layton the action of the ocean seas is to blame for the erosion of the Cape Henlopen Light House off Lewes capes.
The War Department said the dune threatened is due to the natural action of the sea and the northeast gales, the construction of the Delaware Breakwater had no effect upon this action. Since 1847 charts show that the shoreline to the south below Cape Henlopen has been and still is wearing away but making a move north. A Civil Bill in Delaware has an appropriation for the erection of another lighthouse to take place of the Cape Light.
Layton has said they could have preserved the point of the cape by sinking a scrap vessel, full of concrete, in a proper place to form a breakwater to protect the Cape Henlopen Lighthouse foundation.
ABSTRACT: July 15, 1920, Wilmington Morning News.